Motherboard MSI Z270 Gaming M5 Review (Part I)

MSI motherboards game series enjoys steady popularity, so let’s start getting acquainted with the updated line of products based on Intel Z270 with a simple average model having the M5 index.


Technical Characteristics

This is a full-featured product with few bonuses and no sharp simplifications in its design. The power subsystem looks quite convincing and an additional controller for USB 3.1 ports on the rear panel is engaged.


The total set of possibilities is as follows:


Model: MSI Z270 Gaming M5 (MS-7A78 VER: 1.0) Chipset: Intel Z270 Processor sockets: Socket 1151 Processors: Core i7, Core i5, Core i3, Pentium, Celeron (Skylake-S, Kaby Lake-S) Memory: 4 DIMM DDR4 SDRAM 2133/2400/2600 */ 2800 */ 3000 */ 3200 */ 3600 */ 3800 *(OC), a maximum of 64 GB PCI-E slots: 2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x16 + x0, x8 + x8) 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x4)3 x PCI Express 3.0 x1 M.2: 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x4 (Key M, 2242/2260/2280/22110)

1 x PCI Express 3.0 x4 (Key M, 2242/2260/2280)

Intel Compute Stick With Intel Apollo Lake CPU

In the year of 2015 the Intel Company announced a mini PC with a completely new layout, named Intel Compute Stick. According to its dimensions it resembles a mobile 3G adapter or a slightly enlarged typical flash drive, though its functionality lets us consider this sample to be a fully-featured PC, which only needs to be connected to the monitor or TV-set through the HDMI interface.



At first the Intel Company and its partners released their versions with Intel Bay Trail CPUs, being later exchanged by the Intel Cherry Trail series solutions. In 2016 even more powerful models with Intel Core m3 and Intel Core m5 (Intel Skylake) CPUs appeared. One can expect, that in the second quarter of 2017 the Intel Compute Stick manufacturers will use the Intel Apollo Lake series chips.


At least two new Intel Compute Stick versions are to be released. The first model will feature 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of ROM eMMC memory and the pre-set 64-bit Windows 10 Home OS. The second version will …

Spire Tricer 1411 Chassis

The micro ATX PC series has been recently joined up by the Tricer 1411 model. This new PC framework matches the up-to-date specification benchmark and system architecting norms. The Tricer 1411 possesses all special aspects, necessary for a Micro ATX tower case, among which one can find 4 × 120 mm fan mountings and a 120 mm black fan on the rear.



The front design is simple and stylish, though featuring full functionality. Spire Tricer 1411 chassis is designed out of 0.45 mm SPCC steel and is easy to assemble. The Optical, HDD or SSD Drives can be mounted. There are USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and AC97/HD audio ports on the front panel.

Key features:

• Front 1×USB 3.0, 2×USB 2.0 and HD/AC97/AUDIO

• SD/TF card reader

• Solid steel construction

• Compatible with Micro ATX mainboards

• Easy to install

• Refined internal area design

• Enough place for 2×92 mm and 2×120 mm cooling fans

• 1×120 mm black cooling fan on the rear in standard samples

• 2 …
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